Some people have asked why I chose such an ambitious Kickstarter campaign goal. I think that’s a fair question and one that I am willing to address. Here’s how things break down Budget wise:
Printing and Record Pressing $3,760
Artist & Contributor Pay $3,500
Swag Budget $740
Amazon and Kickstarter Fees $1,100
This number is for printing costs of both books and pressing the record. It also includes ancillary production costs like the plastic sleeves that comic and record set will have to be packaged in and paying for licensing rights for the cover songs.
Artist & Contributor Pay:
One of the most basic tenets I try to stick to when putting a Nix Comics project is “Everybody gets paid.” Darren Merinuk will be paid for the use of his creator owned Rockin’ Bones material. Bob Ray Starker will be paid for use material he created a while back for me at no charge and for co-creating Pander Bear. Matt Wyatt’s band, the Unbearables, will get paid for their songs on the record. My social media coordinator Reed Moore Goodcomics (his real name as far as I know) will get paid for busting his ass. The social media team he has assembled will get Nix Comics merch in trade for their help. And yes, I have budgeted a slice for myself. You get great comics and everybody involved in getting them to you gets paid. That’s fair, right?
The cost of postage and shipping materials like mailers and tape. This was the hardest budget item to estimate. Darren has a lot of Canadian and European fans and international shipping has gotten really expensive. Budgeting improperly could really put me on the spot. $1900 should be about right, but if it’s low, I should be able to make up the difference out of my own pocket. If I’ve estimated high, the contributors and I will take a look at the left over and decide the best way to divvy things up.
The costs of making stickers and prints, as well as the cost of shipping items that require Darren’s signature back and forth between Columbus and Winnipeg.
Amazon and Kickstarter Fees:
I suppose in my “everybody gets paid” philosophy, I ought to leave room for the people who make the platform work, huh?